Abandoned building, since demolished, at Terry's Salvage site
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The Terry's Salvage site is located at 1124 North Pacific Avenue in Kelso. Beginning in the 1950s, the property was used as an automobile salvage yard.  Operations left stockpiles of old tires, scrap vehicles, and automotive parts on the property.

In 2004, Ecology did a site hazard assessment and listed the property on the state’s Hazardous Sites List. After this, Terry’s Salvage ceased operations at the site. In 2011, the City of Kelso (city) removed an abandoned building and scrap car parts from the site. 

The city found that the site was contaminated with:

 You can read more about contaminants in the site assessment report.


In fall 2013, the city removed debris and 3,100 tons of contaminated soil. They then refilled the site with clean soil. Ecology awarded the city $755,300 in grants to help it plan for and clean up the site.

From January 9 - February 10, 2014, Ecology held a public comment period on removing the site from the Hazardous Sites List. You can read the comments and our resonses in the responsiveness summary below. 

We are now completing the process of removing the site from the Hazardous Sites List.


Map showing site location as Cowlitz County, WA SITE INFORMATION


View Electronic Documents

Site Summary Report

Facility Site ID: # 74599527

Cleanup Site ID: 3111

Kelso, Cowlitz County

Status: No Further Action   Get definitions of Status terminology

Guy Barrett
Site Manager
(360) 407-7115

Diana Smith
Public Involvement Coordinator
(360) 407-6255

Document Repositories:

Southwest Regional Office
300 Desmond Dr SE
Lacey, 98503-1274